To call Carrie Kiefer & Morgan Georgie close would be a serious understatement. For years it’s been Carrie & Morgan, Morgan & Carrie. The name of their design venture says it all — Ampersand. With one single stroke, the ampersand is the symbol that connects two formerly separate elements. Having a strong love of typography, they were happy to discover that the ampersand is historically the character that a typographer can use to infuse personality and playfulness into a font. It’s the symbol in the alphabet that gets to have a little more fun!
Carrie & Morgan believe that it was no coincidence that they first met in typography class. The two continued to study graphic design together at the University of Kansas and were roommates during their semester abroad in England.
After graduation, both were hired by Hallmark Cards where they worked together for almost a decade chatting over cubicle walls. During their years at Hallmark, the two held multiple positions including Designer, Art Director, and Creative Strategist where they designed and led various multi-million dollar collections and accounts.
Then, in 2009, after freelancing together for several years, they followed a long-time dream to start a business creating patterns and artwork for modern, everyday living. Ampersand quickly became known for combining graphic and handmade marks to create bold patterns in refreshing color palettes.
Their signature is in their shared design aesthetic, and although they have different inspirations and points of departure, they incorporate those viewpoints seamlessly for a look that’s eclectic but harmonious. Together they create and collaborate on every design with paint, pen and ink, cut paper and anything else they can get their hands on!
Their artwork appears on products ranging from textiles to stationery to home décor to fashion for companies such as The Land of Nod, Windham Fabrics, Giggle, and Tiny Prints in addition to their own line of products sold in shops across the world.
These days, Carrie & Morgan not only work together, they live five minutes apart with their sweet, (and very supportive), husbands and adorable kids. Whether they are playing with their children or painting in the studio, their mission is always to create looks and lives that are creative, harmonious and happy. Ampersand is where color and pattern come to play!
C O M E S E E U S
Field Trip - 5/20/19 (please email for an invitation)
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I N T E R V I E W S
IN Kansas City, Five Things You Didn’t Know About Us
Johnson County Lifestyle, Makers & Artisans
Leawood Lifestyle, Makers & Artisans
Forbes, Me and My Side Hustle
MOO, New Years Resolutions from the Designers
MIKC Explore, Maker Profile: Ampersand Design Studio
MOO, How Ampersand turned a side hustle into a thriving business
Thinking Bigger Magazine, Designer duo has grown into entrepreneurship
ReeceNichols, KC is Home
Elise Joy Podcast, Building a Business with a Partner/ Episode 76
Artful Blogging, "It Takes Two"
The Kansas City Star Newspaper, Q + A
N O T E W O R T H Y P R E S S & F E A T U R E S
Crate&Barrel, March 2019 Better Homes and Gardens, Feb 2019
She Makes Us Crate Kids Rooms
Print and Pattern, April 2018 HGTV, Jan/Feb 2018
NEW WORK - Ampersand Design Studio Fun Decorating
Midwest Living, Jan/Feb 2018 HGTV, August 2017
12 Ways to Maximize your Office Space How to Style a Bookcase
KC Star Spirit, May 2017 HGTV, April 2017
Everything's coming up rainbows... 10 Pops of Color for the Kitchen
Playing with Type, March 2013 Better Homes & Gardens, Jan 2013
Rockport Publishing (ampersand prints) Now & Next // "C'est Tout" screen print
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